Organized Home

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Manage Magazine Clutter

Surveying the family room, do you find mounds of magazines ... everywhere?

Periodicals like magazines and newsletters are great fun to browse, but have a marked propensity to descend into clutter, and that right quickly.

Today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, try these tips to get a grip on magazine clutter in your organized home.

Cleaning Challenge Day 38: Turf Old Entertainment Technology

In recent decades, entertainment technology has changed at a rapid pace.

Does your family room contain successive layers of old technology? In an age of streaming media, it's time to release the jumble of outdated entertainment formats.

Today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, we'll consider ideas to turf the "old tech" clutter from family room shelves.

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Clever Containment Ideas

Hardworking multi-purpose areas like the family room benefit from a core principle of clutter control: containment.

Heading clutter into containers makes sense in a shared space like the family room. Using open containers to group and store stray objects keeps order in a busy space.

Consider ideas for clutter containment today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge.

New Year Cleaning Challenge: It's Family Room Week!

It's a new week in the New Year Cleaning Challenge: the Family Room takes center stage.

For many of us, the family room is the hard-working hub of daily life. It's where we meet, eat, watch television, do homework, read and relax.

To bring order to the family room, we'll declutter, deep-clean and organize it this week in the New Year Cleaning Challenge.

Printables:  Family Room Cleaning Checklist

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Dining Room Week Wrap-Up

This week, we headed into the dining room, cleaning and organizing our family's dining space. Time for a weekend wrap-up!

Today, take the last steps to clean, declutter and organize the dining room and dining area.

Tomorrow, we kick off Family Room Week in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, where we'll bring a new order to the household's center of family life.

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Tabletop Check

The groundhog has come and gone and seen his shadow ... maybe. Spring is on the horizon!

Will you be ready to set a pretty table for holiday meals, parties or family celebrations?

Today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, it's time to make a tabletop check. Be ready to celebrate in your organized dining room!

Printables:  Holiday Tabletop Checklist

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Declutter Table Linens

Colorful table linens bring a special spark to the dining room ... if you can find them!

What's the state of the table linens stored in your home? Are your favorites hidden beneath a crowd of crumpled interlopers?

Today, it's time to declutter napkins, placements and tablecloths. Keep the best, toss the rest for an organized home!

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Clearing Crafts Clutter

The dining table? It's a wide-open space that invites lots of uses--and for many families, it's a favorite spot to work on crafts projects.

Sewing or quilting, papercrafts or kids' projects, the table houses them all, along with the snips and scraps they leave behind.

How to keep order on the crafts front? Try these ideas to tame crafts clutter in the dining area today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge.

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Tame Floating Paper with an Action File

Is your dining room table a magnet for stray papers?

With piles ranging from incoming mail to children's homework, the dining table can quickly become buried.

How to tame them? Try an action file!

A sort-and-drop solution to paper clutter, an action file makes it easy to store and organize stray papers.

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Identify Activity Centers

What's the state of your dining room?

While some households boast a separate room used only for formal meals, for most of us, the reality is a lot more complicated.

Today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, we'll consider the activities that take place in the dining room or dining area.

Identifying the room's activity centers is the first step toward an organized dining space!

New Year Cleaning Challenge: It's Dining Room Week

It's a new week in the New Year Cleaning Challenge: we're diving into dining areas with Dining Room Week.

The dining room table is a busy center of family life. It's where the family eats--and does a whole lot more. This week, we'll declutter, deep-clean and organize the dining room or dining area, and tackle any associated activity centers.

Ready? Time to bring order to the dining room in the New Year Cleaning Challenge!

Printables:  Dining Room Cleaning Checklist

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Kitchen Week Wrap-Up

This week, we've kicked it in the kitchen, cleaning and organizing everything from the counters to the pantry. Time for a weekend wrap-up!

Today, take the last steps to clean, declutter and organize kitchen and food storage areas.

Next week, we dive into the dining room in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, so clear the decks in the kitchen today!

New Year Cleaning Challenge: The Magic of Menu Planning

How to save on grocery bills, week in and week out?

Hint: the answer isn't couponing. It's not refunding. It's menu planning.

Smart shoppers know that the menu planning process keeps costs down at the supermarket--and cuts time in the kitchen each day. Today, we'll review the basics of menu planning in the New Year Cleaning Challenge.

Ready? Set? Plan!

Printables:  Weekly Menu Planner - With Shopping List Menu Planner - Monthly

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Boost Your Pantry Power

What's the difference between an organized dinner hour and chaos in the kitchen? A well-stocked pantry!

A pantry is not a place, it's an attitude--and you have one if you have stockpiled food, health and beauty aids and paper goods in your home.

Today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, we'll boost our pantry power with tips for starting, growing and organizing the pantry.

Printables:  Pantry Inventory

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Clear Kitchen Countertops

What's taken up residence on your kitchen counters?

The old real estate maxim works for kitchens, too: "location, location, location!" In the kitchen, countertop space represents the room's most prestigious--and hardest-working--real estate address. Is your cooking space clean and lean--or crammed and cluttered?

Today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, we'll clear kitchen countertops, applying a simple A-B-C method to make zoning decisions for appliances, decor and storage.

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Cut Clutter in the Kitchen

When we dream of an ideal kitchen, the room we visualize is usually spare, clean and serene.

But when we open our eyes to reality, we're faced with a basic truth: the kitchen has an amazing ability to attract clutter.

Even after out-of-place items are rounded up and given new homes, we remain faced with hard-core kitchen clutter.

How to banish kitchen clutter once and for all? Try these kitchen declutter tips in today's New Year Cleaning Challenge Challenge.

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Kitchen Week

It's a new week in the New Year Cleaning Challenge: kitchen and pantry take center stage during Kitchen Week.

In the days ahead, we'll declutter, deep-clean and organize the kitchen, and brush up our pantry power in food storage areas.

Menu and meal planning basics round out the week in the New Year Cleaning Challenge.

Ready? Let's get cooking!

Printables:  Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Living Room Week Wrap-Up

Living Room Week is drawing to a close; time for a weekend wrap-up!

Today, take the last steps to clean, declutter and organize the living room.

Looking ahead, the New Year Cleaning Challenge moves into the kitchen and pantry.

Time to get organized in food preparation and storage areas? Join us tomorrow for Kitchen Week!

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Making Sense of Household Scents

Standing on the threshold, the living room is lovely to look at, clean and organized. Soft sofa, attractive artwork, pleasant lighting all beckon.

But the nose wrinkles. Do you smell something?

Taking on the "to scent or not to scent" question is like stepping in a mine field. Today, we'll try to find our way to freshness, while staying clean and green at home.

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